You have a commercial driver’s license. You know that you won’t be able to work without it, and you know that the state of New York is always holding that over your head to ensure that you obey traffic laws.
After all, who wants to lose their right to work because of a speeding ticket, a moving violation or any other type of citation that occurs in NYC?
Nobody does – but that’s exactly what could happen to you if you receive a ticket in the city.
A commercial driver’s license is required if you want to operate:
• A single vehicle with a gross weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds
• A vehicle that transports 16 or more people
• A vehicle that requires HAZMAT placards
• A trailer that has a gross weight rating of more than 26,001 pounds
If you’re caught driving one of these vehicles without a CDL, it’s a crime. The state could slap you with a $5,000 fine or put you behind bars.
Remember, too, that you can’t have more than one driver’s license in the state of New York. That means you won’t have a driver’s license at all if you have to surrender your CDL.
Naturally, as with all other driving privileges, you could lose your CDL from the accumulation of too many points on your records. Some of the moving violations that can lead to the suspension or revocation of your CDL include:
• Causing an accident that ends in fatality
• Failure to yield
• Failure to obey a traffic control device, such as a red light or stop sign
• Reckless driving
• Refusing a blood alcohol test
• Speeding at 15 miles per hour or more over the limit
• Unsafe and illegal lane changes
• Violating regulations on weight, size and emissions
• Leaving the scene of an accident
• Operating a commercial vehicle without the right type of CDL
Because many CDL offenses are also crimes, such as logbook violations, you could lose your license. If you don’t have a CDL, you can’t continue to work – and it’s incredibly tough when you’re forced to find a new job in an unfamiliar field.
If you’re convicted of a crime, whether it’s related to driving or not, you’ll have a permanent criminal record. You could spend time behind bars, which makes it even tougher to find future employment.
You have a lot at stake when you’re driving a truck in NYC, so it makes sense to talk to an attorney about any CDL traffic tickets you receive.
Your commercial driver’s license can be revoked or suspended for any type of violation if your conduct constitutes “gross negligence.” That means the state has to prove that another person, under the same circumstances, would’ve acted more carefully and that you should’ve known better.
In many cases, this makes sense. After all, truck drivers are held to higher safety standards than ordinary drivers are for a reason; it’s about keeping NYC residents safe.
However, sometimes the threat or action of suspension or revocation isn’t fair. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense, and in many cases, the driver should never have received a citation in the first place.
Your job is at stake, and if you’re like most people, you can’t afford to gamble with it.
When you work with an attorney, he can negotiate with the prosecutor before a judge hears your case. In most cases, it’s best to avoid court whenever possible.
If you’ve received a ticket for any reason, your CDL could be hanging in the balance.
Call me at 917-856-1247 or contact me online so I can help you. Text me if you need to – that number goes directly to my cell phone. I’ll protect your rights under New York law and help ensure the best possible outcome for your case.
Remember that time is your enemy when it comes to traffic tickets. You only have a short period of time to respond, whether you admit guilt or you want to fight the ticket. No matter what you do, don’t put this off – your CDL and your job depend on it.